Children across all demographics need safe children’s products and safe surroundings, and it is KID’s mission to make that a reality through growth of our outreach programs, increasing visibility of KID’s mobile site that includes a truly useful recall search function, and continuing to be the voice for families on child product safety as policy and regulations are developed and in setting tough new standards.
It has been a year of accomplishments. KID continues to make strides and create positive change in the child product safety arena. Download our Annual Report for FY 2012.
The CPSC voted to implement strong new testing requirements — meaning children’s products will be tested for safety before they are sold – and adopted other new strong standards.
Chicago passed the first crib bumper pad ban after testimony from SIDS of Illinois and KID brought to light the risks these unnecessary decorative items pose to children. KID also testified in Maryland where a similar ban begins in June 2013. KID’s hard work received national recognition when CPSC Chairman Tenenbaum presented Executive Director Nancy Cowles, the first Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award.
KID has done and continues to do the hard work to strengthen the product safety system into a preventative one that assures products are safer when they reach the market. Unsafe products remain in homes and child care facilities putting children at risk. KID is addressing this need for improvement through advocacy work, our mobile site, and workshops bringing together key stakeholders in the child product safety arena. KID presented at over 27 workshops, trainings, and events this year reaching over 1,700 families and caregivers with our life-saving information. With an award-winning website, social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, as well as coverage in the media KID connects with the wider public as a trusted source of information for parents, grandparents and caregivers.
But stories from families affected by child product safety are what motivate activities at KID the most. Bobby was strangled in a poorly designed stroller. At the time of his death, the company knew of four other deaths but the recall didn’t come until 2010 – almost 10 years after the first death. We heard from other parents whose children were injured in products with no effective standard such as baby seats or travel beds. So we know our work must continue. Become an advocate for child product safety with a donation.
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KID has the right team in place to accomplish so much right now. With financial footing from supporters, you can expect great results.
To be continued…